243 verses 7mm08 for a lady shooter

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  1. mmayes

    mmayes 12 pointer

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    What is everyone's opinions on a deer rifle chambered in one or the other? I am very familiar with the 243 but was really curious about the 7mm 08 in terms of felt recoil between the 2.

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  2. Chilly

    Chilly 12 pointer

    Get the 7mm-08. My wife and kids shoot them and they will flat lay the hammer down on deer. You can also get managed recoil loads if necessary.
     
  3. bdbrown66

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    The correct answer is: It depends on the shooter. The 7mm-08 is similar to a .308 in recoil. The .243 is noticeably milder. Either will work fine as a deer rifle, if you use appropriate loads in the .243. That would be bullets in the 90-100 gr. range. Any less is getting into unreliable territory.
     
  4. mmayes

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    While I have never shot the 7mm08 I was under the impression that the 243 and the 7mm08 were both necked down 308 cases obviously different calibers. Other than a heavier bullet in the 7mm08 what is making any real difference in felt recoil? Are the powder charges that much heavier?

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  5. kymailman98

    kymailman98 10 pointer

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    I shoot both. The 7-08 in a light rifle, with a full power load, has very noticeable recoil.....at least as far as I'm concerned. On the other hand, I load my 243's as hot as I safely can, and do not notice the recoil whatsoever. I think there are better calibers for deer than the 243, but with the proper bullet it's plenty good.
     
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    The 243 is all I used for years after stepping down from the 30/06, but am looking at a little heavier bullet versus the usual 100gr in factory loads that can be shot with as little recoil as possible. I do not plan on hand loading. Looking at the ballistics they seem comparable

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  7. KYBOB

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    I had both and preferred the 08 for just that very reason, a slightly heavier bullet. Keeping the bullet weight in the 120-130 range, I thought the recoil was about the same as the 243. With the " Low Recoil " factory ammunition available , it may even be less.
    There have been many deer dropped on the spot with the 243, as well as a fair number that wandered off to die elsewhere. I just personally wanted a bullet over 120 Gr


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  8. Meatstick

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    It's just whitetails. I shoot 110 grain bullets in most of my deer guns (.270, .300WBY MAG, .300WIN MAG, .264WIN MAG). Put all the energy in the deer, not in the white oak behind it. Just my opinion.
    I started at age seven with a .243 and hot 75 grain handloads. Deer didn't twitch. We ain't shootin moose around here boys

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  9. 1wildcatfan

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    three 7mm-08s in my family. wife started with one, rem model 7. both boys started hunting with one, rem mountain LSS. my boys have taken deer out to 360 yds. 120 and 140 gr rounds shoot great in their rifles.
    excellent round for anything up to elk/ moose with the right load and the right distance. 160 gr bullet less than 200 yds would be hard to beat for the big critters.
    our 243 never comes out of the safe.
     
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  10. WaterDog88

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    My only gripe with -08 is ammo availability. You can get some good .243 rounds at Walmart.
     
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    planning ahead and ordering want you want works well for us. looking for ammo at 11 pm the night before deer opener might make it challenging.
     
  12. WaterDog88

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    This is true, but I'm a subscriber to Murphy's law. I once had to stop at a Walmart in Minnesota on my way to Canada to buy -06 ammo after leaving my ammo here in Kentucky... 150 gr core locks...
     
  13. bdbrown66

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    You answered your own question. Yes, they are both necked-down .308 cases. The .243 is shooting bullets in the 100gr range, whereas the -08 is in the 120-140 range. All other things being equal, that's a 20-40% increase in felt recoil. My buddy and I both have Marlin XS7s, mine in .243 and his in -08. I've shot them side by side and the recoil difference is noticeable. Not that it's a problem for someone used to shooting high-power rifles, but it might be uncomfortable for some, especially women/kids.
     
  14. pentail

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    We have both. The kids shoot them equally well without making notice of increased recoil in the 7.
     
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  15. mmayes

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    Thanks for all the reply's. I shoot very little center fire rifle. My experience is mainly with shotguns. I am looking for a round that is capable of doing a wide range of hunting and it seems if she can handle the 7mm08 then that would be a good round to start with.

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